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I've been suffering with a terrible cold this past week, which I have found even more annoying than usual given the beautiful hot summer weather we're having. I stocked up on a range of treatments from Poundland where I found plenty of healthcare bargains. This Kilkof medicine was one of them, and the 100ml bottle cost me (obviously) just £1.00.
Product description: "Oral solution for the relief of coughs, colds and sore throats. Liquid for oral use. Soothing, warming and has a mild expectorant action."
Kilkof has a pretty old fashioned appearance, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. It comes in a brightly coloured box with a starkly contrasting back and white banner presenting the Kilkof branding. The name amused me, and I hoped that it would indeed "kil" my "kof". The medicine itself comes in a glass bottle with a screw top lid. The liquid inside is dark and sludgy, very much like the sort of medicine I would have hated as a child. It must be shaken before use, but is very runny and this meant it got a bit messy when pouring out the required doses as it dripped off the edge of the bottle onto my desk every single time I used it.
Adults and children over 14 years: Take two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml).
Children from 10 to 14 years: Take one 5ml spoonful.
The above doses may be taken up to 4 times daily.
So, let's get the negative bit out of the way. The worst thing about Kilkof is its awful, awful taste. It is both bitter and sickly, and has a slight hint of liquorice to it, which makes me want to scrape my tongue clean after I've swallowed the liquid. The taste might be more appealing to others, but I personally can't stand it, and I always make sure to have a cup of tea or a biscuit or something ready to cover up the taste afterwards. The first time I took the medicine my sore throat was really bad and I felt like the area was really raw and damaged, so when I drank the medicine the warming sensation was more like burning and it did sting a little. Once my symptoms had settled down a bit then I was able to take the medicine and feel it warming the back of my throat as I drank it.
Impressively, my sore throat was soothed within just minutes of taking the medicine, and it remained comfortable for a few hours afterwards. It also had a good effect on my cough, which was quite dry. It minimalised the amount of coughing I was experiencing and this in turn helped to stop the pain that it was causing as I coughed. Because my cough had felt quite dry I was not expecting the expectorant action to work, but it really did! I ended up having a few bouts of phlegm which was of course unpleasant, but at least the medicine had worked well. I also had the usual range of symptoms including headaches, and a blocked/runny nose. The medicine had no effect on relieving my other symptoms, so I would say that this is not a good all-round medicine, but it works well on targeting coughs and sore throats directly for quick results.
The medicine does not of course completely cure the problem, but it does reduce the effects and makes it manageable so that I can continue with my daily routine as best I can. I took the recommended dose in the mornings once I had arrived at work, and found that this kept me going and feeling better until my lunch break, when I would go outside and get the benefit of some fresh air to help clear my head. Sometimes my symptoms would be so reduced that I would not need another dose later in the day, but on a couple of occasions I did take another dose in the afternoon which then helped to relieve my cough for the rest of the day.
This is an effective cough medicine and works well to ease coughing and sore throats. I would certainly use it again even in spite of the horrible taste, simply because it's cheap and it does the job.
Parkinson's Kilkof used to have four active ingredients: Cetyl pyridinium chloride, ipecacuanha, benzoin, and capsicum. Two or three years ago a report on the use of ipecacuanha as an emetic (for which you need much larger doses than you do for using it as expectorant) was published that demonstrated that using it in a poisons unit was counterproductive, because less than 20% of swallowed poison got vomited out and if you gave a known antidote to the patient after the patient had been given the emetic treatment, the vomiting prevented the antidote getting at the poison. This report was irrelevant to the use of ipecac as an expectorant, etc., but, nevertheless, some cough mixture manufacturers eliminated it from their products, including Bell (Parkinson's). The present Kilkof has extra benzoin in place of the ipecac, and, frankly, it's not as good - Ignore the "Improved" on the label! If that had really been an improvement, they'd have implemented it on the basis of performance long ago! One manufacturer still has a product containing ipecac, I think, the "For Mucus Coughs" of either Covonia or Benylin.
Picture the scene if you will. At the time of writing this review I'm huddled on the sofa with my fleecy pj's on, a snuggle wrap, my feet are sat in a giant pink fluffy pig along with a microwave bean bag and I have a hot water bottle situated near my back as my bones are killing me! I have a poodle, Daisy who is my mates dog (who I adore) trying to sit on one of my arms to stop me typing (bless her and she keeps sighing at me lol) and my mate has gone out to go get some food and something in as I have had this awful cold now for over days and I've let my flat go to rack and ruin as well as myself. Its bad though that she has a virus and I'm not sure if I have that or a cold but I sure do have the symptoms of a cold and have tried to make myself a Dr's appointment but can't so my mate popped out for me the other day and managed to get me (and her) a few essential items to try help us shake off the way we are feeling in time for Christmas (I'm now thinking fat chance!).
So me. Well I''m hot then cold, I look dreadful with a red nose as it is runny all the time and I have a headache and cough I just can't shake, worse still me coughing all the time is giving me a sore throat, a headache and a sore back. I feel as bad as I look believe me and I'm so tired and with so much to still do (as I left it all to the last minute as usual!) and have a long trip back to my parents for the Christmas period all I want to get on with it all lol.
So my mate, Liz got us this Kilkof medicine and she found it in our local Poundland store of course costing a pound but the usual retail price of this is usually around the £3.00 mark in all good chemists and supermarkets and I have seen it around and about on my travels rather often in the past few years.
The box is orange, yellow and re in colour and on two sides of it we are told that it is Bells Healthcare Kilkof 'Cetlpyridinium Chloride, Benzoin Tincture And Capsicum Tincture' and that its an 'Oral solution for the relief of coughs, colds and sore throats' and that it is 'Soothing, warming and has a mild expectorant action' and that the bottle I have is 100ml. Other information on the box includes being told a little about the product, dosage advice and warnings are given, as well as ingredients and contact details for Bell & Sons & Co. Inside the box you get a brown glass bottle that you can partially see through and it has a screw on/off white lid to the top of it and the labeling is the same in colour and stuff as the outer box and contains all the same information.
Shake the bottle before use.
Adults And Children Over 14 years: Take two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml)
Children From 10 to 14 years: take one 5ml spoonful
The above doses may be taken up to 4 times a day.
The Medicine itself:
Well the medicine itself is dark brown, runny but with body to it and fragrance wise it smells really sweet and anissedy really. This though, to me has a pleasant taste though it is a strong one. I can really taste a very sweet aniseed flavour and its rather hot too and like I say really sweet though thankfully in a natural way. This doesn't burn my throat though but I can feel heat as I swallow it though this effect only lasts a couple of minutes or so after taking it then its gone.
Never mind the flavour though to be honest. I just want something that soothes my throats and stops me coughing thus helping everything else I am suffering from so does it work is the best question?
Yep I think this is rather good all in all. Along with the hotness this has to it, it seems to numb my sore throat temporarily and soothe my coughing though this isn't saying it is a cure for it all, it simply is a medicine that offers relief and when I have taken this I get between half an hour and 45 minutes relief. That might not seem much to alot of people but nothing else has even made me stop feeling so ill like this did so at least its effective.This is actually best taken just before bed though in my opinion. It is so effective that I take a couple teaspoons of this and get comfy when I'm tired enough to relax and I do manage to get a good nights sleep.
The flavour of this won't be too everyones taste and I reckon that some youngsters may find this a little to hot for them however it doesn't burn and it is effective!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
One of the many products I keep in the medicine cupboard (aside from the many bottles of Calpol!) is cough medicine, not only for my children, but also for myself and husband.
After trying a great many of the products on sale, I have finally found one that really does seem to work, though due to myself and my husband smoking we do find that this is the best due to its strength!
The product in question is -"Parkinson's Kilkof".
This to me looks an exceedingly old fashioned product, this due to the label I find, with there being a lot of the usual information to be found, but alongside a picture of "Parkinson", and with the statement this was established in 1849.
The product is held within a brown glass bottle, and topped with a metal screw lid, so at least all of the packaging is recyclable, but means that it has to be put up out of reach for little children as there is no safety feature on the lid, and there is always the chance it could be smashed, even though the glass is quite thick.
The medicine is described as "soothing, warming and being a mild expectorant", though it still didn't prepare me for the taste of it!
When the bottle is opened there is a strong smell of menthol and aniseed coming from the bottle, and to me seemed like not only would it sooth and warm, but probably knock my socks off too!
When poured onto a spoon the medicine was really runny in consistency, not at all thick and gloopy like some of the other cough mixtures I have had before, and was a very unattractive brown colour, very much like the bottle itself.
It is recommended that adults take 2 5ml spoons of the mixture, 10 -14 year olds take one spoon, and those under the age of 10 shouldn't as it is not suitable for them, probably far too strong!
The taste of it is indeed incredibly strong, though not unpleasant! The medicine does have a really strong aniseed flavour to it, with the warming element starting once swallowed, giving the effect it is coating your throat, and soothing at the same time.
I find that my cough (when I have that is), is usually worse at night, turning into a dry, tickly and extremely annoying cough, that not only keeps me up, but also everyone else in the house too!
A spoon of this cough mixture is usually enough to stop my cough long enough to help me go to sleep, with the raw feeling you get with constant coughing, feeling much better by the morning.
As mentioned earlier this is also contains an expectorant, which simply means that once taken it brings up any crap off your chest through the action of coughing, though I don't normally get coughs like that, my husband does, and he says it really does help draw it away really well.
Price wise this retails for around the £3 - £4.00 mark, which for how effective and long it lasts for, is really good value, I have had a bottle of this in my cupboard for a good few months now and has a shelf life of two years.
Any downsides, the only thing I can think of (and this is a really minor problem!) is the fact this stuff once starting to dry, gets incredibly sticky, and I find no matter how careful I am with the dosing I always seem to get a very sticky effect over the bottle, usually transferring to the medicine cupboard itself, if I ever need a bandage or tuba grip for any sprains, I usually have to wash away remnants of this medicine before use! Lol!
This is a really effective medicine that does actually work, and as long as you can get past the strong taste will be a real addition to your medicine cupboard, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
THIS MEDICINE CONTAINS ALCOHOL YET IT IS NOT LISTED IN THE INGREDIENTS. IT DOES SUGGEST THAT IT IS HARMFUL TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM ALCOHOLISM IN WARNINGS BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE READ THIS WHEN THEY ARE ILL. YES THE MEDICINE IS VERY EFFECTIVE BUT VERY HARMFUL TO SOMEONE WITH AN ADDICTION. WHY IS IT NOW LISTED WITH THE OTHER INGREDIENTS AS ETHANOL IS ONE OF THE INGREDIENTS?
Every year I always get a cold no matter what I do to combat getting the virus and this year seems no different with the exception that my lungs haven't yet started to get blocked. Everyone around me however has started coughing, which is a sure sign that a virus is going around as well as the cold air, where it seems Edinburgh and its surrounding areas have been colder than most. Four days later, my friend started to get a nasty cough. She reported that the cold itself had set into her lungs and throat to produce a tickly cough which just kept repeating itself and making her feel really ill. There were no sneezes, no blocked noses, or a headache or a fever - just this nasty dry tickly cough - which everyone seems to have at the moment. Nevertheless I was determined to fight the infection if I got it and it wasn't too long before I started getting a tickly dry cough!
To my nearest Pharmacy then, which in this case is a local Superdrug store. Usually whenever I have had a dry tickly cough in the past I've always spent the ridiculous and gone for a popular brand name such as Benilyn but this time since money was tight, I tried to find my second popular cough medicine, Co-Op Linctus for dry tickly coughs, but as memory served me correctly, I recall taking the Linctus out of pure addiction as it had no medicinal factors, being of a lime cordial type and probably worked due to my psychological sweet tasting factor!
Against prices such as £2 here and £3-68 there for better known brands, I found a bottle of Parkinson's Kilkof cough medicine for £1-69. I looked at the bottle carefully thinking how could something be so cheap? In my heart I may have been wishing it was Co-Op's addictive lime flavoured cordial based cough medicine but the fact that it looked like a brown syrup confirmed my worst fears that it would taste pretty awful.
Well for £1-69 what you get is a 150ml brown glass bottle with a white clinical screw metal top. The front of the bottle is red at the bottom with a contrasting yellow at the top, almost like the colour of sunset as the colour changes from the bottom to red at the top. At the top lies a tiny picture of a man and the date "est. 1849" with "Parkinson's" written in black lettering. Below this and in the top middle of the label there is a white strip with black capital letters which states "KILKOF," in large black capitals whilst underneath shows in white lettering, "Oral solution for the relief of coughs, colds and sore throats."
The product claims to be "...soothing, warming and has a mild expectorant action..."
Underneath the blurb there is then small black writing which indicates the directions; briefly adults take two 5ml spoons of the product, for children from 10 to 14 to take one 5ml spoon of the liquid and can be taken three times a day and a further fourth time just before going to bed. It does sound remarkably familiar though against one of my old time favourites, "Buttercup" syrup but that product seems to be £3 for the same sized bottle.
Screwing off the top of the bottle reveals a smell of mixed ingredients such as treacle and honey which is two of the contents actually listed. There is also a small degree of menthol which has been added as well as liquorice. Let it be said that to my minor knowledge in liquid medicines taken aurally that this product seems to be a traditional preparation rather than wonder drug packed chemicals. The best before date applied to this bottle is July 2009.
The taste is thick and gloopy, the look of the solution is brown and indeed syrupy again no thanks in part to its contents. But the taste is pleasant enough, quite sweet and leaves an aftertaste of liquid liquorice around the mouth once the medicine slides down the throat. It does however leave a warm path as it coats the sides of my mouth and my throat feels warm once the solution has been swallowed. Where once I was scared of the bitter content purely based on the look of the sauce, I'm delighted that it doesn't taste bitter or sour at all!
I've yet to give up smoking and with the use of this medicine, taken once in the morning and once at night, my dry tickly cough no longer rears its head in the mornings when I smoke. The cough has subsided a bit but it only subsides if you take Kilkof all the time rather than once or twice a week. I have also cut down the amount of cigarettes I smoke and have taken the medicine to school with me in case I feel the tickle starting up again - but for the week I've taken it, the cough concerned has only appeared a few times, but importantly there is no soreness or feeling of a "hacking" when the cough starts before I bought this solution.
Thanks to its budget price, no plastic spoon comes with this product and I use a plastic teaspoon or a standard teaspoon for measurement which is NOT 5ml but around 3ml in size. I have one of those shot glasses which list ml measurements which gives me the exact amount I need.
The nature of the syrup means that the moment it is angled towards the spoon, some of the solution does drip down the sides of the bottle which then becomes sticky. Again thanks to the budget price and traditional preparation it could well be the fact that the bottle's design and old fashioned neck top means spills are frequent but a damp cloth wiped down the bottle usually cures the problem of sticky glass.
Availability of this product seems to be a downside to what looks like a traditional cough and sore throat preparation; against most research online of who Parkinsons really are, the moment my South African friend saw it, she exclaimed that it was a well known South African product. Although I'd say this formula doesn't cure coughs completely it does cut back the initial tickle of a dry cough as well as warming up the throat as the bottle states. You will find it at Superdrug however as the store sells this amongst their higher priced ranges of cough expectorants and Linctus. It may be old fashioned but it goes to show that traditional methods still have a place in the market. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008.
Doctors dont normally advise taking cough medicines but after spending the morning in an air conditioned room coughing and spluttering, I found myself in the chemist begging for them to give me something to stop me coughing for the rest of the day.
The assistant recommended something called Kilkof which I had never heard of before and told me that other customers had told her it was good. I decided to give it a try, at only £1.49 for an 150ml bottle I wasnt going to lose much if it didn't work.
I ignored the dosing instructions and took a huge swig straight from the bottle. The stuff tastes pretty foul, I dont know how to describe it other than being like medicine. I took another swig just to make sure it worked. I felt a really warm feeling go all through me and my throat became numb and I stopped coughing for a little while. By the end of the day (from lunchtime till I finished work at 9pm) I ended up drinking the rest of the bottle.
I've tried a lot of cough medicines in the past and dont find they work very well and I always need to take more than the adult dose to have an effect. This has been one of the best I have tried.
Lets have a look at the active ingredients in this medicine. Its got cetylpyridinium chloride, benzoin tincture, ipecauanha tincture and capsicum tincture. With the help of google I can see how this works. Cetylpyridinium chloride is an antiseptic which kills bacteria, benzoin is used for colds and athsma, ipecaunha is an expectornat which helps to dissolve mucous and the capsicum seems to provide the warming sensation. It also contains anaesthetic in the inactive ingredients which really helped to soothe my throat.
This medicine is made by Parkinson's and was established in 1848 so I'm surprised not to see it before. I've looked for it in a couple of places this week but only seen it in the chemist I originally bought it from. I think I'm going to stock up on this when I see it for my winter coughs and colds.
Oral solution for the relief of coughs, colds and sore throats.